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Dyna Girl: Electro de-gravitate the most beautiful word in the world.
My first two crushes were, the blonde student teacher in my second grade class and Judy Stangis who played Dyna Girl on the Saturday morning TV show Elctra Woman and Dyna Girl. In case you forgot EW&DG was Sid and Marty Kroft live action show that ran one season in 1976. It was about Lori and Judy (no last names were ever mentioned) who were magazine reporters who dawned latex and became superheroines. It aired with Doctor Shrinker and had sixteen episodes that ran about a quarter hour a piece, and two aired on the same day for a thirty minute run.
Electra Woman/Lori was the leader of the team and was played by soap opera maven Deidre Hall. Judy Stangis, who is best known for her voiceover work on cartoons played Dyna Girl (Aka Judy) EW’s teen protégée. Norman Alden, who was the voice of Aquaman in The Super Friends, played Frank Heflin, a middle aged Q/mission control for the heroic pair.
Not having any innate powers they fought criminals with high-tech gadgets. Their most iconic device was the electra com. This device rested on their wrist and acted as a communications device but had plenty of other uses. They could use it to defy gravity, it had X-ray vision to look through baddies disguise, a force field to cage baddies once they were caught, a super magnet, and it could shot lasers. Each episode Frank would build in a new function for their electra coms.They also had a high speed airfoil shaped Electra car.
Just as part of Bat Man’s enduring charm is his rouges gallery, EW&DG fought some awesome and quirky villains. The Sorcerer, a stage magician who use illusions to try to steal all the gold in Fort Knox. Ali Baba who hypnotized Dyan Girl to become evil. Glitter Rock an evil musician and The Empress of Evil who used her magic to levitate and spin things until they exploded.
Though it only lasted one season, the show made a big impact on me as a child. In 2001 there was a failed Electra Woman and Dyna Girl pilot. In this version, EW, played by Night Court’s Markie Post, as a burnt out piece of white trash who smells of macaroni and cigarettes. Her husband ran off with Dyna Girl I, and stole all her money, leaving her poor and embittered. The new DG is a way to perky, fangirl who was saved as child by Electra Woman. Although the pilot is funny, it probably wouldn’t had made a good series with it “never meat you heroes plot”.
Since then the hip duo has only appeared in fan art and Rule 34 lesbian porn. This is enough to qualify it for Geek Obscura. However last week internet comedians Hannah Hart and Grace Helbig have announced that they are shooting a new version of EW&DG. Although details are still coming trickling out, it looks like they are tryi8ng to create a new paradigm for pay internet content.
I was not familiar with Miss Hart and Miss Helbig’s work so I checked them out on You-Tube. They are basically funny because they think they are funny. Now that may sound like an insult, but it isn’t. They laugh at their own jokes with such an infectious enthusiasm, I would join them in laughing even if they’re reading a calculus text book. There announcement of the new project was so energetic I was on board from the start.
This is a good time for some girl power heroines, as we wait around for a Wonder Woman or a solo Black Widow movie and before AKA Jessica Jones (or whatever Netflixs is going to call the finished Alias project) sets the new standard on superheroines. Also let’s do this before the superhero bubble burst. There are a plethora of superhero shows but only a few with female leas. The two that stand out is the internet comedy Sweethearts on the Galaxy and Agent Peggy Carter. Both demonstrate that females can carry a series.
So here are some hints to H&H from an old school EW&DG fan. Since the two primaries are mainly comedians, it will surely be a comedy. Funny is good just don’t depend on camp. If the writers could balance the 60’s Batman self-embracing humor and Frank Miller’s The Dark Night Returns, it would be awesome. Now admittedly that would be no easy trick. The show that does the best of skirting the camp line but not crossing it now a days is the new Dr. Who.
OK, I am a goat farmer from Oregon, you should never ask my opinion on fashion. But isn’t the 70’s retro chic? No it’s not? OK, well still pay homage to the original source material by putting some 70’s style art and architecture in the back ground. Feel free to skip the bell bottoms though.
Also give the heroines a skill base so that can operate even if their Electra Coms fail to function as advertised. (This event was a sub-plot in nearly every episode of the original series) I would make EW a martial artist. This could give her a uniquely Buddhist world view (Something not seen in a costume hero since the Green Lama of the 30’s) but also allow some hard core action scenes. The original heroines were not allowed to engage in fisticuffs, let’s make the rebooted duo butt kickers in their own right. For Judy I would make her a hacker. This would allow the writers to unleash a potential of the Electra Coms that in the 70’s couldn’t be envisioned, as well as access to more mundane tech.. Let’s not make these ladies completely dependent on their electra gadgets.
And I may hate myself for saying it but, let Dyna Girl get turned into a supervilliness at least once. This could be a fan favorite like Vampire Willow or nanite controlled Jill Valentine. Of course I may have been kind of influenced in that last request, because watching DG turned evil by Ali Baba reverse personality formula was the first time I was ever attracted to an on screen bad girl.
No matter what direction Hannah and Grace decide to take the new show I plan on checking it out.